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    Solomon Islands Government - 1989

      Long-form name: none

      Type: independent parliamentary state within Commonwealth

      Capital: Honiara

      Administrative divisions: 7 provinces and 1 town*; Central, Guadalcanal, Honiara*, Isabel, Makira, Malaita, Temotu, Western

      Independence: 7 July 1978 (from UK; formerly British Solomon Islands)

      Constitution: 7 July 1978

      Legal system: a High Court plus Magistrates Courts; also a system of native courts throughout the islands

      National holiday: Independence Day, 7 July (1978)

      Branches: executive authority in governor general; unicameral legislature (38-member National Parliament)

      Leaders: George LEPPING, Governor General (since June 1988); Solomon MAMALONI, Prime Minister (since March 1989)

      Suffrage: universal at age 21

      Elections: at least every four years; last held March 1989

      Political parties and leaders: People's Alliance Party (PAP), Solomon Mamaloni; United Party, Sir Peter Kenilorea; National Democratic Party, Bartholemew Ulufa'alu

      Voting strength: (March 1989 election) PAP 23 seats, other 15 seats

      Member of: ADB, Commonwealth, ESCAP, G-77, GATT (de facto), IBRD, IDA, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, SPF, UN, UPU, WHO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Francis SAEMALA resides in Honiara (Solomon Islands); US--Ambassador Everett BIERMAN; Embassy at Mud Alley, Honiara (mailing address is American Embassy, P. O. Box 561, Honiara; telephone (677) 23890

      Flag: divided diagonally by a thin yellow stripe from the lower hoist-side corner; the upper triangle (hoist side) is blue with five white five-pointed stars arranged in an @m5X pattern; the lower triangle is green

      NOTE: The information regarding Solomon Islands on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Solomon Islands Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Solomon Islands Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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